Knock at the Cabin (2023) – “Anybody home?!” – Review

While vacationing at a remote cabin in the woods, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand they make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse.

Confused, scared and with limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

Review

Dean (Guest) – M. Night Shyamalan has always been hit or miss. I’ll forgive the misses because when his films work, they really work. Unbreakable – my favourite Shyamalan film – is arguably his best. But for every Split there seems to be an Old.

I saw the trailer for Knock at the Cabin and it appeared to be right up my alley. I’ve always been a fan of bottled films as the characters are really the centerpiece of the film. It’s wall to wall emotional nuance that really drives the story and fortunately this film has some really intriguing characters leading the line, with performances to match.

Dave Bautista is the standout and rightly so. He somehow manages to look like the most menacing person in the room while also exuding a vulnerability that makes for an interesting watch.

Say what you want about Shymalan’s hit or miss writing, but the man can definitely direct. His framing of characters, and his use of extreme close ups, makes the film go from intimate and familiar to unnerving and jarring very quickly, which adds a lot to the tension within the film.

Despite some cringey dialogue and a plot that felt a bit too straightforward at times for a director like M. Night Shyamalan, I quite enjoyed this film. Knock at the Cabin is a hit. 7.5/10

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